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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-01-2009, 05:11 AM Thread Starter
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I've been watching my girls. They've just woken up for the night and are zooming around like idiots. Pita just humped Pandora - something I've never seen either of them do. Pita has a bite on her side. But after she humped Pandora, Pita chased her around the cage then pinned her and groomed her. Is she trying to be dominant or subordinate? Cause if she was being dominant, would she have groomed pandora?


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-01-2009, 09:21 AM
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From my experience, it seems that grooming after pinning is a dominance thing. I'd keep an eye on them to make sure things don't escalate any more, and if Pita has a wound, you'll want to make sure to clean it and watch it for infection. You might even consider separating them for a little while and reintroducing them...


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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-01-2009, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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The wound that Pita has is tiny. Its clean and its not bleeding. It looks like a normal battle scar. It makes sense that Pita's the dominant one cause she's a fair bit bigger then Pandora. And as I write this, Pita just got back on top of Pandora and groomed her. I haven't got another cage to seperate them into, and I think they'd stress if I did.


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In other news, I just had Pandora out without Pita, after observing her subordination to my other girl. And she was running on my jacket and I noticed these drops of liquid. I'm guessing she piddled on me. She hasn't peed on me for a few months, and someone said to me that they pee on you when they have been out for too long. But I think peeing is nervousness for her. Cause they did it when I first got them.


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